Make a Patchwork Infinity Scarf with Rob!

Recently my dear friend Emily gave my wife
Jenny a beautiful patchwork infinity scarf made from wool. Well I found this incredible
flannel bundle and I thought, Oh I’ve got to make one. Let’s get started. I must say I don’t believe I have found
a flannel fabric that I like better. This is Robert Kaufman’s Shetland Flannel. And
it handles and sews like butter. I just love it. But my goodness I fell in love with that
fat quarter bundle. And I thought I want to make some awesome infinity scarves out of
it. And this bundle with all of the colors in there. And literally I broke it apart and
I created six different colorways to make all of these wonderful patchwork scarves.
Now the construction is incredibly easy. I’m going to walk you through it. I’ve actually
approached it a couple of different ways. So this I think is the most efficient way
to handle this. From your bundle and of course you could always use yardage. Missouri Star
has a bunch of the Shetland Flannel yardage but we’re doing our bundle. And they’re
fat quarters. So you’re going to take three fat quarters and they could be coordinated
based on color or they could be coordinated based on the houndstooth print or whatever
textures of the flannel or both. It works great. Once you have them all chosen, break them
all apart, make your color families. Then I want you to build up a pile. We’re going
to press and cut all of these three layers at once. Or I should say three fabrics at
once, six layers. So I’ve already pressed these two and I’m laying them nice and flat
along the fold here, lining them up. And I’m also going to go ahead and press this to get
the creases out. And one of the things I found with this flannel, like I said, it really
cuts beautifully and it sews beautifully. The more prep time we have the better all
of the sewing process is going to go. Because we have a really long seam that we’re going
to make. So just take a time and make sure we get really good clean cuts. Ok I’m going
to line this up here. And I’m also looking at the corners because I’m going to trim
down those edges here. Ok. So it starts by taking off the selvedges. And I want to show
you a trick. If you’ve got a short ruler and a long cut, watch this. So first what
I’m going to do is I’m going to go ahead and I’m going to take my ruler. And I’m
going to come over here to this line and I’m looking at the ten and a quarter line. And
I chose ten and a quarter because when I cut over here it will remove the selvedges through
all the layers. It’s a little bit thick so I want you to push down on the ruler, have
a good sharp blade in your cutter and slice away. Now here’s the trick. I’m going
to move this to expose it. And I’m going to move my ruler up just as little as I need
to get to the top. Now I’m still looking at this line to cut and this line over here.
That 10 ¼ to keep everything nice and square. So that cuts through to finish like that.
Now we’re going to true up our edge. So I’m rotating because I’m right handed.
The first cut I want you to take off as little as possible. So I’m looking at my edge of
my flannel to see that I’m just getting a nice straight cut here. And now the pieces
I’ve done for the scarf that you see me wearing, it’s nice and thick, nice and wide.
It’s going to be the 8 ¾ inch cut. So I’m taking over here. I’m looking at 8 ¾ distance.
Now if you’re using your own fabric of course you’re really just going to split this in
half, ok? So I’m looking here, 8 ¾. I’m going quick and I don’t want to mess this
up. I want to make another great scarf when I’m done here.
So there’s the first cut. We’re going to set that aside. I’m going to slide this
over and I’m going to 8 ¾. Now I’ve got plenty out here but let’s say you realize,
I didn’t my math right. Well cut what you need here and go back and shave down the other
piece. It’s really just kind of a design as you go project. Ok but now I have two perfect
sets, six rectangles at the moment. But I also want to go ahead and make a couple extra
small squares for some patchwork. I’ll show you the layout here. So I’m just going to
choose any two fabrics. And I’m going to cut them basically in half. So I’m just
going to come down here looking at all the lines on my ruler, keeping it nice and square.
I’m going to cut the fold out here so now I technically two, four squares like that.
Now it’s layout time. Ok what you’re going to do is you’re going to marry in two rectangles
and two of the squares. And what I don’t want is any of your same fabrics touching.
And eventually this is going to loop back around here to make the entire infinity. So
if you look I have different fabrics all the way down. And I will make a similar combination
but I want to show you the way I stitch these together. Let me show you in this example what I’m
talking about about stitching together all of our strips. Now first I did have a rectangle
and two squares in the middle and a rectangle. And on the other layout I kind of started
with a square then I put my two rectangles in the middle and finished with a square.
Either way your rules are you always have different fabrics touching when you come around
in each individual strip, right? And now you’re also going to have four of these shorter edges.
One and only one of them we’re going to do a special trick. We’re going to take
it and we’re going to fold it to the wrong side. And I’m just going to do a really
fine little stitch just to basically get rid of that raw edge. We’re going to use that
for closing that scarf up at the very, very end. So once all my pieces were patchworked
together I want to press them. And I actually press them on this table so I can start to
build them to get ready to stitch. So I literally have my iron nice and hot.
And I come through. And I’m pressing and setting my seams, pressing and setting my
seams as I lay it all across the table, right? But then at this point I’ll drag it all
the way through I’ve pressed these pretty darn well so I’m just going to keep on moving.
Then what I want to do is I want to take the ends that were not that special end that I
treated, the raw edge ends. And we’re going to start down here and I’m going to lay
those nice together. And the reason I did the squares and the rectangle combination
is so I don’t have any seams that match up here, right? I don’t have another seam
underneath there that I have to make sure is perfect. And then as I go through here
I like to use these wonder clips. And what I will do on the wonder clips, starting about
a good, oh two inches down or so on these raw edges I’m just going to take a wonder
clip and go down about every eight to ten inches while I pat and smooth the two layers
of flannel together. And then what I’m going to do is I’m going to finish clipping this
all out and I’ll meet you back at the sewing machine to show you how to get started.
647 We’re ready to start sewing and part of
the work of this, again I just want these big long seams to go together nicely. So I’m
keeping the weight of the scarf instead of it being in my lap kind of on the table next
to me. And as a reminder I’m starting up here where those two raw edges were. But I
also am going to start down about an inch or so because we’re going to eventually
join those two seams too. Ok and I need that room to work. So I’m going to take a little
stitch. I’m going to backstitch. I’m going to move my wonder clip out of the way and
then with just a quarter of an inch. I’m going to take a nice slow stitch. And what
I want you to do is I want you to go ahead and finish the entire run but once you’re
done with that side I want you to come back and start at the same side again so that you’re
using that raw edge. So you’ll be flipping the scarf over and looking at another side,
right? Also starting about one inch down with the backstitch like yay to lock that in. And
then you’ll run that seam all the way until the end. And I’ve got another sample already
set up to show you that step, right? So let me just slide this out of the way. And here is one of my favorite combinations
in the gray family. And I’ll just quickly point out here is that end where I have left
the one inch opening so I can go ahead and get in there and stitch. It’s a full tube.
This is that special end that was already stitched over. And now we’re just going
to reach our hand in here. You don’t need the Man Sewing tube trick. Your arm will fit
here. Grab an end and pull it out nice. Now at this point if you’d like to take a little
time and press I definitely recommend it. Ok we’ll be topstitching these edges. But
I want to show you the finishing step. So I’m just going to say press it through.
Now what I want you to do is I want you to come down here where you have that opening.
Bring it around to the side that is the raw edge. So I’ve got a raw edge in my right
hand, a raw edge in my left hand. And these are coming around right sides together. I’m
going to go ahead and get this into the machine here with that same quarter inch seam allowance.
So just like I joined everything else earlier. And that inch gives us great room to work.
Let’s go ahead and back stitch up here. And I’m just going to line up my pieces.
Finish this off real quick for us. And at this point we’re going to actually, I should
have pointed out make sure you don’t have any twists in your scarf. I haven’t had
that happen but I can see where it would. Ok, so come in real close. We’ve got these
raw edges in here. We’ve got this finished edge here. This will be the very last edge
that we address. So as I get ready to topstitch these outer edges I want to make sure I’m
just kind of accounting for everything. And I’ve got another sample where I set it up
and I think you can see the threads a little bit better. ****It’s this wonderful red combination
here, ok? And so I have done a little bit more work on this one than where we’re at
in the demo but I want you to be able to see what I’m really talking about. So this is
the topstitching that will actually help secure and flatten out the scarf beautifully. We’re
going to do both sides exactly the same. I’m going to show you as we finish over here.
So as I come into the machine I have a stiletto, a bamboo skewer, a scissor tip or something
handy. And I’m using my edge guide. And I’ve got my topstitching and the topstitching
is nice. I’m always kind of pulling on this outer edge and coming down this seam. Let’s
lock that thread in because I’m kind of picking up here. You will still be in the
process you’re doing. And as I come down what I want to do is I’m going to stop for
a second. Let me move this edge guide so you can really see what we’re talking about
here. Ok just slide that out of the way. What we’re going to do is we’re going to take
the piece that has the finished edge. And it’s going to lay on top of the piece that
has the raw edge. And I’m also just making sure that my seams are nice along the edge.
And I’m going to hold that with my stiletto as I finish it out. Of course you would have
your seam guide still right there but I just moved it so you can see. And you’ve captured
that corner. . And you did the same when you started on the other side as well. I actually
normally do that as I’m starting so that the rest of the topstitching works great.
Once that is done I pull the seam guide completely off the machine. And I prepare to close it.
And I’m going to close it by taking the finished edge that special edge we created
earlier. I’m going to lay it right under the needle. And I’m going to tuck underneath
that raw edge. I didn’t even try to fold it. I left the raw edge running long so I
have the body of it. I’m going to backstitch to secure again. And I’m just stitching
down that finished edge which is finishing off our entire project. Now the other benefit
of this I learned, I’ve made several of these samples, you might find that you have
a little bit of extra ripple or something happening in here. You can kind of adjust
for it at the edge if you need by tucking up at that raw edge a little further if you
had to. I’m bragging, mine is about perfect if I may say. It might be the only sewing
project that ever turns out this good in my life. Maybe it’s because I went slow. I
only had 80 cups of coffee this morning. Now technically this scarf is literally all
done. Because once you’ve finished off that straight edge, I’d like you to go back and
topstitch all of your short seams. Now some places you’re going to topstitch it’s
going to come out and show as a single line on the other side. Some places like this where
you had seams that were close, it’s going to make some extra character. So you can add
topstitching to also add character. You don’t do double lines of topstitching just to make
it look really, really terrific. Not only that as you know I love the way the scarves
and as I said earlier this flannel not only sews beautifully but it feels beautifully
as well. So Robert Kaufman my hat is off to you for a fantastic flannel for these awesome
infinity scarves. And I’ve just got to wander around town showing it off while you start
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